Hi Guys, if you would like an awesome test of your self confidence and self esteem levels I suggest you engage in the wonderful opportunity to do a speech before the Fraser Coast Regional Council on important community matters. You will be given five minutes so will have to rush and speak quick, have a bell rung if you dare to go over, you will be made to stand down the back of the room, given no microphone unlike the Councillors and have to yell. Councillors will have their backs to you, there will be no level of common courtesy, they will be on their ipads, laptop, smart phones, or writing, no one will look at you and then the the Mayor will dismiss you if you go over time (6:05mins for me, PB!). Take the challenge I dare you, all members of the public / rate payers that make a speech are treated like this. The time for speeches was changed to before the media arrives to avoid their knowledge of community concerns plus there are no minutes taken so that Council does not have to respond, answer, acknowledge or address your concerns. Oh and an added bonus is you even get to pay their wage ….!
Thank you to Jannean Dean and the gentlemen in the front row of the public gallery that commended my speech, research and information.
I also sat next to a gentleman named Allan who was really nice and very well informed on local matters, we had a good laugh and discussion. He showed me an awesome picture of a prize stud bull he had raised it was huge for only 17 months old and weighs 900kg!
The bull is named Lower Tully James Kenniff, Allan names all of his stud animals after bushrangers, this guy operated around the Rockhampton in the late 1800s to 1901.
Allan also gave me some images of his complaint where he caught council staff dumping rubbish / tree loppings in the bush, then they had to come and remove it again when busted, talk about double handling at rate payer expense.
There was some other very interesting & amusing happenings at the meeting …
The Mayor wanted to apply and pass his own new motion for Compass Helicopters to fly every holiday and ‘EVERY WEEKEND’ all day (Obviously there has been backdoor negotiations discussed that were not included in the council agenda nor were any other Councillors aware of this) The Mayor looked quite desperate trying to get his new motion approved with the Compass Helicopters owner sitting in the gallery – he lost 8 – 2.
Compass Helicopters only have to pay $1040 for exclusive use of the Esplanade, same or less than a personal trainer!!! George Seymour excellently argued why should they have ‘Exclusive Access’ to Community Open Parks next to a playground for $5 a day and not have to pay airport landing fees like everyone else…..?
Watching George communicate and engage in Council meetings is an absolute breath of fresh air. He is intelligent, professional, articulates well, keeps to the point and has a very thorough knowledge of Council and Local Government Legislation. I was nearly in hysterics watching the Mayor rolls his eyes every time George corrected the discussion to be in line and reflect the constitution, legislation and correct Council protocols.
The Councillors, town planners & CEO spent nearly half an hour trying to block having the Old Maryborough Township heritage listed as ‘rare’ by George … even though it is the only such site left not only Queensland but the whole of Australia.
Just in case this listing / wording may somehow affect the building development they want to construct on it. A local resident told me the site floods anyway that’s why the residents originally moved from there.
My speech below …..
Good Morning Everyone. As a concerned resident, ratepayer, local business operator, vice president of the Scarness Action Group and chairperson of the Body Corporate representing all the lot owners in the Eden by the Bay Resort located opposite the proposed development site; I would like to speak in relation Enzo’s Development Application. I am extremely concerned current Council Town Planners accepted this development application in the first place due to the fact there were so many documented errors, coupled with Council’s recommendation to vote in approval of this application is extremely flawed and inaccurate.
Allow me to explain some of the reasons why.
Firstly, the application did not meet the mandatory requirements in the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms which are required for a properly made development application on State wide forms used by all local governments in Queensland. This is validated in writing by Cardno’s Report on page 159 of your Council Agenda where they have put in writing that the Council Town Planners should have requested this mandatory information before accepting the application as being ‘properly made’ and that the lack of comprehensive dimensions hinders the ability of the public and assessment manager to easily understand the scale of the development.
Your attention to page 155 would be appreciated where the applicant, Cardno and your Town Planners have once again breached the mandatory requirements identified on the IDAS forms by again supplying approximant measurements for the utilities, the second storey and the building height. This current application still appears – not to be compliant with IDAS form requirements.
It is alarming that the public were denied the benefit and opportunity of being properly informed by only being supplied the one initial poorly prepared development application to review as well as incorrect information provided by Council staff during the ‘public notification’ period. How is this fair or professional?
- The applicants, Cardno and Council Town Planners have still failed to satisfy the planning scheme’s parking requirements. For a development of this size being 667.56m2 there should be more like twenty carparks to meet requirements. This application must be amended to reflect this. We already have severe parking issues at Scarness and this development will further disadvantage the public and existing surrounding businesses on private land.
- Also, on page 161 Cardno’s assessment states that the proposed building is to be a light weight structure. How will this hold up when Enzo’s own cement boat ramp cracked right through in numerous places. Increasing the scale and intensity of the development on land which forms part of the Coastal Management District and is mapped as erosion prone and subject to storm surge / tide hazard is inconsistent with Council requirements and does not represent a good planning outcome. This may result in even further public funds having to be spent on protecting the development once constructed from adverse coastal influence and the already known current erosion crisis.Building to this scale on this site is just absolutely dangerous and should not even be considered.
- The applicants; Cardno and Council Town Planners have still failed to demonstrate that there will be no unacceptable noise nuisance to surrounding public areas or private properties nor have they demonstrated that the development will not have an adverse impact on the amenity of the local area and adjoining residents. Cardno falsely reports Enzo’s is 60m from residents.
Enzo’s is roughly 30 metres from caravan residents, 40 meters from the caravan park caretakers, 45 metres from Eden by the Bay Resort and under 60m from neighbouring restaurants. These distances will be less another 4 meters and back to the bike path if the application is approved. With an open rooftop bar, sound cannot be contained or controlled especially with sea breezes. At the resort we can already clearly hear the open microphone sessions on the Scarness stage well over 200meters away.
Before setting the precedent for developments applications on the entire Hervey Bay foreshore I ask you as Councillors elected by the community to be very confident that you are making a responsible and informed decision. The application made available to the public did not provide any indication whatsoever as to the proposed hours of operations. Upon this being queried council staff confirmed the existing closure at the time of 4pm would remain. Interestingly the Cardo Report has recommended that the approval allow to use and to operate until 11pm. Monday to Saturday and 9pm on Sundays Surely the public should have been made aware of such a proposed closing time 7 hours later than the current use when the application was advertised. And where did Cardno Report pull those closing times from, they were engaged to review the application not make up times?
This Cardno Report recommends that Council agree to allow operation until 11pm with no supporting noise study recommendations in a two storey lightweight structure with unenclosed decks on a licensed premises and possible amplified music / sound is a very real concern when residential & tourist accommodation is less than 40m away. I can imagine the nonstop complaints to council already!
It appears that Council’s decision to approve the town planning application was or may have been made when negotiating leasing matters with the applicant rather than after the development application was lodged and certainly well before the public was given the opportunity to make submissions. Perhaps this is why the applicant prepared such a poor and minimal development application and Council did not request any additional information or even require the application to supply mandatory information because the decision to approve the application has already been made before the application was even prepared. I am seriously disappointed with Council’s handling of this development application. I know many other people are as well.
The Cardno Report as tabled did not appear as an independent review and was possibly prepared in response to a (verbal) brief from Council staff to cover up the their stuff ups and reinforce an earlier decision to allow the development.
This rooftop bar will directly affect and compromise a pleasant experience for all resort guests, owners and residents. The second storey will significantly alter the current views. It will compromise the absolute right to privacy and the right to a quiet peaceful holiday or lifestyle plus devalue the property. Apartment owners, Scarness business owners and landlords may also incur revenue loss from their investments and sales. The noise pollution will be heard through the entire resort and Scarness foreshore businesses, Caravan Park and restaurants.
Would you like people drinking on a rooftop peering into your private home, resort room, caravan or business till 11pm all year around? Not to mention by the time party goers leave the venue and staff close up; this time will be much closer to midnight. The Beach House hotel even shuts all their doors when they have bands and functions on at night due to imposed noise restrictions.
- This proposal is inconsistent with the Open Space Zone; which is to provide for the informal active recreation needs of residents and visitors. Land zoned for public use as open space and set aside as an erosion buffer should not ever be compromised or alienated by changing its use for the benefit of a commercial enterprise.
- I do not feel your Town Planners Report, nor its recommendation is a clear or accurate representation and had not considered the effects to the community at large. I would like to think that the community can rely on local Council to look after local residents, business persons and ratepayers rather than one business leasing community land and using existing community infrastructure for a proposal with limited community benefit.
- I would also like to ask George Seymour to please table a further 214 petitions signatures that will be forwarded electronically via email and their views against this development application.